Nearly everyone has chatted with Amazon Alexa, said “Hey Google” or asked Siri a question by now, and that familiarity that has brought artificial intelligence (AI) into our everyday lives. This step in technology particularly resonated at the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas January 8-11.
The local Left Coast Engineering team, headquartered in Escondido, made its way to the massive show for the 10th time in as many years, taking in all the innovation with enthusiasm shared by thousands of attendees. In fact, about 182,000 people converged on Las Vegas this year for this annual event, more people than live in all of Escondido and Valley Center combined.
This enormous show is spread across multiple trade show facilities in Las Vegas. Fondly know as CES, the show draws technology developers and supporting businesses from all over the world to showcase and share the latest advances in everything from Smart Home appliances, to leaps in Health Care and Fitness technologies, on down to drones. But don’t be fooled, the drones didn’t get smaller but instead the technology was applied to make some as large as helicopters, known as power-lifted aircraft. The Bell Helicopter Nexxus 6 is prepared to offer Uber type service in the sky as well as package logistics, calling their market: on-demand mobility for the urban environment.
Some highlights from this year’s show include the first stop at Koovea to meet the polar bear who reminded us that they have technology to constantly track and report temperature status of cold shipments, anywhere in the world. The team at JitSik has created a virtual reality program to acclimate drivers to self-driving cars and alleviate any control concerns about giving over the wheel. Along the way, we said hello to the Mitra Robot, whose inventors suggest that they have improved her eye contact and conversation skills.
Did you ever wonder why the Google Home is so robust, and has become even more compelling? We took the Google Assist Ride to learn just what all can be done with the powerful Google Home Hub and the words “Hey Google” or “OK Google.” You can set reminders, have recipes located and read to you, see videos, search all kinds of information, have conversations translated live, learn about the traffic and weather, turn appliances and lights off and on, lock your doors and much more. You can even program Google Assist to set multiple items in motion as a routine or sequence with one command. These features and accessories, while just a vision a few years ago, are affordable, accessible and commonplace. In fact, the Google Hub in the Left Coast office is set up to run a routine to make sure everything is turned off and alert of any traffic issues after hearing the words “OK Google, good night.”
Many products take advantage of links to the AI of Google and Amazon. The Ava byte grow station allows the indoor “farmer” to control the lighting and soil conditions with their phone app and a few words to “Hey Google.” It even has a camera so you can look in on your project while away.
Technology for safety and healthy living always catches our eye at CES. Quin motorcycle smart helmets are taking safety to the next level, featuring crash detection and an SOS beacon for distress signals to be sent while moving. This technology uses sensors, an accelerometer and a Bluetooth link to your phone, all seamlessly built in to the technology of the helmet. Over at The Smoke Detective booth, we learned their product uses proprietary software to easily turn any smart camera into a smoke detector by watching for smoke and alerting the appropriate parties.
Proctor and Gamble rolled out two products that highlight the use of artificial intelligence. Olay’s Skin Advisor platform uses AI to provide personalized skincare analysis and recommendations by analyzing selfies and a short questionnaire. The Oral-B Genius X toothbrush, incorporates AI to recognize how users are brushing and provide personalized feedback designed to lead to better brushing, and improved oral health
The folks at Sit Tight want you to strengthen your core and, in doing so, relieve back pain and spine issues. The Sit Tight stools are based on the use of balance while sitting and are adjustable to how much they tip while in use. Don’t worry though, you won’t tip over!
The Flo product, now owned by Moen, is a device that actively monitors household water flow, pressure and temperature at the meter and reports any unusual usage to be considered as possible leaks or pipe bursts. It runs daily health reports and diagnostics and can shut down the system when it detects dramatic changes. Hmmm, this technology sounds mighty familiar in the Left Coast Research & Development (R&D) product library from a few years back.
When you think of innovation, think of Left Coast Engineering, now in its 20th year providing electronic product design support for more than 150 new product designs. Always ahead of its time, LCE works to help its customers develop cutting-edge technology that brings the future to today. From underground soil monitoring to medical device technology that is showing positive results in a cure for Alzheimer’s, Left Coast Engineering has a team of engineers and staff to help– “You Think It. We Build It.” Visit our new location at 810 S. Escondido Blvd. in Escondido or at www.LeftCoastEng.com